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Skope - Buildings [os029]


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Skope 2 grew up in New York City surrounded by music. His musician siblings impressed upon him the classic rock of Queen, Yes, and Kansas. Following their lead, he purchased his first piece of wax at the tender age of seven Kiss' "Destroyer". His father was an avid organ player, and kept the venerable Hammond B3 around the house for several years. Becoming a drummer, it wasn't long before his Dad's soulful taste really hooked him - the bop of Herp Albert and the groove of seventies R&B like the Commodores.

It wasn't until about 1982 when his parallel passions for graffiti art and break dancing began to consume him, along with the electro-funk-hip-hop that rocked the schoolyards of New York at the time: Afrika Bambaataa, Soul Sonic Force, Grand Master Flash. Skope loved the new space beats of electro, and became obsessively focused on DJing. As the electro sound morphed into other forms, his taste morphed with it into his next phase of parallel passions: Chicago House and Detroit Techno. He pushed these emerging underground sounds into after-hours clubs in Manhattan and warehouse parties in Brooklyn, alongside Techno pioneers Frankie Bones, Heather Heart and Adam X. After studying graphic design, he teamed up with long-time graffiti partner-turned producer Jeff Allen (aka Brittle Ones), launching Hydrant Records, and moved to San Francisco.

The pair operated Hydrant, along with the sub label Sprout, from 1994 to 2000, releasing a dozen records, and introducing the world to the artist Proem. Hydrant broke up in 2000 with his partner Jeff's return to Brooklyn, and Skope decided to call it quits on running a label in order to focus on building up his studio and production skills. This brings us up to the past year, where he has produced a single for an Emanate Records compilation, released a techno 12" (as Suffix) with new studio partner Jonathan Ojeda on Spundae, released an experimental remix of Phasmid on the Skylab Operations compilation "Cooper Is On Bubbles Remixes", and now introduces this four tracker, "Buildings EP" on Observatory, which is an absolute fusion of his many influences.

When not losing sleep in his studio, Skope 2, aka Doug Eisengrein, divides his time writing for Remix magazine, running live sound at a San Francisco jazz club, and hanging out with his girlfriend and two cats.


1 - Divided By Time
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
2 - Seventh and One-Half Floor
[MusicBrainz (recording)]

Reviews

Reviewer: JohnBaron - - May 16, 2012
Subject: Relaxing music with a "swung"
This is relaxing but not too relaxing ambient, with a funky touch and enough variation to keep your attention.
I enjoyed it, thank you.
Reviewer: dylan2k - - November 7, 2009
Subject: hypnotic and very tasty
that about covers it.
Reviewer: greenhouse george - - January 22, 2007
Subject: better than life
funky electronics with grooves that keep you hooked. this in addition to a good smattering of new sounds and twisting sounds
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